By In Mixed Martial Arts

Legacies and Losses

As is customary when a prominent fighter calls it quits, there was an immediate effort to contextualize Cormier’s legacy. Also customary in this process is the clash between recency bias—“He just had a big fight and UFC employees called him the greatest, so it must be true!”—and reactionary invalidation: “Cormier has never beaten anyone good, actually.” Neither of those sentiments are correct even as a strict assessment of his accomplishments, and both are even more inaccurate when measuring the totality of Cormier’s legacy.

By any competitive standard, Cormier’s career doesn’t quite match the fanfare he has received in the aftermath of his retirement. He was a two-division champion in the two thinnest divisions, with no title reigns nearing anything resembling historical notability; he’s certainly a better fighter than Chuck Liddell ever was, but it’s not so clear that he was a greater champion. Cormier was the clear loser in his biggest rivalries in both of his divisions, and outside his win against Miocic—which was a remarkable achievement, no doubt—his best win was either his five-round drubbing of Josh Barnett or his split decision win over Alexander Gustafsson. There is a lot of “good” and “very good” woven throughout Cormier’s career, but there is very little “great…”

Read more at Sherdog

11 Responses to Legacies and Losses

  1. … [Trackback]

    […] Read More on on that Topic: […]

  2. … [Trackback]

    […] Read More Information here to that Topic: […]

  3. … [Trackback]

    […] Information to that Topic: […]

  4. … [Trackback]

    […] Info to that Topic: […]

  5. … [Trackback]

    […] Read More on that Topic: […]

  6. wig says:

    … [Trackback]

    […] Information to that Topic: […]

  7. … [Trackback]

    […] Here you can find 32437 additional Info on that Topic: […]

  8. … [Trackback]

    […] Read More Info here to that Topic: […]

  9. … [Trackback]

    […] Info on that Topic: […]

  10. … [Trackback]

    […] Here you will find 64370 additional Information on that Topic: […]

  11. HP Servis says:

    … [Trackback]

    […] Find More Info here to that Topic: […]